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The University's first official commemoration of Martin Luther King Day took place in January 1990. That first observance of the slain civil rights leader's birthday included a morning program, an afternoon tribute and an evening vigil.
In January 1991, the University sponsored its first essay contest for area school children. They were asked to address the question, "If Martin Luther King were to return to your community today, what would he find and how would he respond?" The Princeton Weekly Bulletin printed a set of personal reflections and reminiscences associated with the civil rights movement from members of the University community.
Over the years, the commemoration has grown to include a program in Richardson Auditorium of Alexander Hall, at which essay contest winners receive their prizes. Speakers have included Marion Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund; Wynton Marsalis, jazz musician, conductor and educator; Rachel Robinson, widow of baseball great Jackie Robinson; Randall Kennedy, a Harvard Law School professor and Princeton alumnus; and DeForest Soaries, former New Jersey secretary of state.
The contest for area school children has expanded to include essays for middle and high school students and posters for elementary school students. This year, 551 students from 20 schools submitted essays -- an increase over the 465 students from 18 schools who submitted last year. A total of 570 students from 19 schools submitted posters this year -- an increase over the 386 students from 17 schools who submitted last year.
The commemoration, which this year takes place on Monday, Jan. 20 (see story on page 8), also includes music. This year's performers, the CASYM (Caribbean-American Sports and Cultural Youth Movement) Steel Orchestra, are participating in the Princeton event for the third time.
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